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Chopper Crash Investigation Enters New Phase

Posted July 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— U.S. Army officials have returned to the site of Tuesday's crash of a Black Hawk helicopter at Fort Bragg as the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

Friday morning, crews were gathering up pieces of the charred wreckage and loading it onto flatbed trucks for transport to Simmons Army Air Field later in the day. There were four large pieces of the helicopter on the ground which had to be removed with a crane but, for the most part, the huge chopper was reduced to small pieces of rubble. Officials said it would take most of the day to complete the task.

The rubble will be kept in a storage hangar at Simmons until investigators can decide where they want it to be taken for further research into the cause of the crash.

The bodies of the eight soldiers killed in the crash arrived at Dover Air Force Base early Friday. There, officials say it could take several days to determine positive identification.

They plan to release all eight names at the same time.